Special UN Representative Comments on UNMOT's Record
The UN Mission of Observers in Tajikistan (UNMOT) officially ended on May 15. Following his final report to the UN Security Council last week, the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Tajikistan, Ivo Petrov, spoke on May 16 to the press at UN Headquarters in New York. Petrov called UNMOT a success, but said that problems may still lie ahead for Tajikistan. Below are his comments followed by three questions and answers.
Petrov: After seven years of UN involvement in Tajikistan, after five and a half years UNMOT in Tajikistan, yesterday (May 15) the mission came to a close after successfully implementing its mandate. This should be considered a success of UN peacekeeping. The reasons for this success are, first, the UN involvement at a very early stage of the civil war in Tajikistan; then the contribution of neighboring states who all made attempts and offered the good offices of their capitals for meetings of the Tajik warring parties, who made everything possible to bring the warring parties together. But the biggest reason for this success was the input of the two Tajik parties themselves the government and the United Tajik Opposition (UTO), who after four years of negotiations came to a peace agreement